God is definitely in the details

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It’s stating the obvious to say that details are everything, but I’ll go ahead and state it: Details really are everything. People read to get the big…

My new book, On Animals, lets me take stock of decades of work

The countdown to publication begins! In stores October 12.

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In just a few days, my new book, On Animals, will be published. I’m incredibly excited. I’ve published quite a few books, but there is nothing in…

These will be my office companions until they fall apart (or I do)

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I used to be friends with a writer who could only work if she was wearing her father’s plaid wool hunting shirt. I don’t know she could…

It’s hard to tell when you’re living in it

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Last week, I became convinced that I was living in the worst time in history. The Texas anti-abortion law; Covid and the new variants; Afghanistan; income inequality; the January 6th insurrection; the mad QAnon surfer dad who spear-gunned his children; fires in the Southwest; Andrew Cuomo; climate change; Hurricane Ida…

Why Covid Part 2 is exhausting

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Obviously, there are the epic defeats that Covid has delivered— thousands dead, many more thousands seriously ill, economic devastation for countless others. Covid has been unusually cruel in that way. …

Susan Orlean

Staff writer, The New Yorker. Author of The Library Book, The Orchid Thief, and more…Head of my very own Literati.com book club (join me!)

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